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Native American Place Names in Mississippi

by Keith A. Baca

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From the cover: "A comprehensive guide to the translations and tribal origins of 500 intriguing designations"
  FCAHS1954 | Jun 14, 2012 |
A helpful guide to those researching places in Mississippi who are unfamiliar with many of the Native American place names. My biggest criticism is that places with the same stem are not grouped together and there are too many cross references to see another term (usually not the first one alphabetically with that term) for the definition. It would also have been helpful if the actual definition had been more prominent. It is often buried in a paragraph with several other variants, some of which the author noted are incorrect renderings. The author notes differences of opinion in definitions as well as words which have unknown meanings. Locations of the places are also noted at least at the county level and include counties in adjoining states where needed. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jun 26, 2010 |
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Biloxi. Tunica. Pascagoula. Yazoo. Tishomingo. Yalobusha. Tallahatchie. Itta Bena. Yockanookany. Bogue Chitto. These and hundreds of other place names of Native American origin are scattered across the map of Mississippi. Described by writer Willie Morris as "the mysterious, lost euphonious litany," such colorful names, which were given by the Choctaw, Chickasaw, and other tribes, contribute significantly to the state's sense of place. Yet the general public is largely unaware of exact meanings and tribal roots. Native American Place Names in Mississippi is the first reference book devoted to a subject of interest to residents and visitors alike. From large rivers and towns to tiny creeks and rural communities, Keith A. Baca identifies the most likely meanings of many names with more than one recorded interpretation. He corrects misconceptions that have arisen over the years and translates numerous names for the first time. For the benefit of travelers, he provides the location of each named place. To bring attention to often inconspicuous and unmarked streams he also indicates points where highways cross rivers and creeks with Native American appellations. Sidebars present Native American history, legends, and myths that surround these enigmatic and alluring designations. Formerly an archaeologist with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Keith A. Baca is an independent researcher and writer living in Starkville, Mississippi. He is the author of the award-winning Indian Mounds of Mississippi: A Visitor's Guide.… (more)

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